Education in Northern Cyprus Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Northern_Cyprus

Education in Northern Cyprus is organized by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. 5 years of primary education is mandatory. As of 2015, Kemal Dürüst is the Minister of National Education and Culture.


Children in Northern Cyprus, below age 6, can attend kindergartens of public and private institutions. Kindergarten is not mandatory.

Elementary school[edit]

Elementary school provides 5 years of education for children between the ages of 6 and 11. All elementary schools are public and free.

High school[edit]

High schools provide a minimum 6 years of education, where 3 years last for junior high school (Ortaokul). There are different kinds of high schools in Northern Cypriot education system, such as standard public high schools, private high schools, science high schools, vocational high schools, technical high schools and fine arts high schools. As of 2008, there are 18 high schools, 14 junior high schools and 12 vocational high schools.[1]


Map showing major universities

All of universities in Northern Cyprus are private except Eastern Mediterranean University, METU-NCC, and ITU-TRNC. In 2013 there were 63,765 university students from 114 countries in nine universities in Northern Cyprus. In 2014, the number of students increased to 70,004, (15,210 Turkish Cypriots; 36,148 from Turkey; 18,646 international students).[2][3]

There are 19 universities in Northern Cyprus:

University Turkish Name Location Type Official Website
Girne American University Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi Kyrenia (Karaoğlanoğlu county) Private http://www.gau.edu.tr
The American University of Cyprus Kıbrıs Amerikan Üniversitesi Nicosia Private https://www.auc.edu.tr/en
Eastern Mediterranean University Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Famagusta Public http://www.emu.edu.tr
Cyprus International University Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi North Nicosia (Haspolat county) Private http://www.ciu.edu.tr
European Leadership University Avrupa Liderlik Üniversitesi Famagusta Private https://elu.edu.tr/
Near East University Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private http://www.neu.edu.tr
European University of Lefke Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi Morphou Private http://www.eul.edu.tr
University of Mediterranean Karpasia Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private https://www.akun.edu.tr/en-US
University of Kyrenia Girne Üniversitesi Kyrenia Private http://kyrenia.edu.tr
Cyprus Science University Kıbrıs İlim Üniversitesi Kyrenia Private http://www.csu.edu.tr
Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi-Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampusu Morphou State http://ncc.metu.edu.tr
Istanbul Technical University-TRNC İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi-KKTC Famagusta State http://www.kktc.itu.edu.tr/
Rauf Denktas University Rauf Denktaş Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private http://rdu.edu.tr/
Mesarya Technical University Mesarya Teknik Üniversitesi North Nicosia (Meriç county) Private https://www.mesarya.university/
Bahcesehir Cyprus University Bahçeşehir Kıbrıs Üniversitesi North Nicosia (Alayköy, Kumsal county) Private https://baucyprus.edu.tr/
Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) Arkın Yaratıcı Sanatlar ve Tasarım Üniversitesi Kyrenia Private https://www.arucad.edu.tr/
Onbes Kasim Kibris University Onbeş Kasım Kıbrıs Üniversitesi North Nicosia (Küçük Kaymaklı, Düzova county) Private https://www.onbeskku.edu.tr/
Cyprus West University Kıbrıs Batı Üniversitesi Famagusta Private https://cwu.edu.tr/
Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University (CHSSU) Kıbrıs Sağlık ve Toplum Bilimleri Üniversitesi (KSTU) Morphou Private https://eng.kstu.edu.tr/
Cyprus Social Sciences University Kıbrıs Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private https://kisbu.edu.tr/

Atatürk Teacher Academy and Police Academy provide vocational education in related subjects.

International membership of Northern Cyprus institutions[edit]

Institution Membership Membership Date
The Association of North Cyprus Biologists (Bio-Der) European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA) 2006[4]
Northern Cyprus' Educational Sciences Association (KEB-DER) European Educational Research Association 13.08.2010[5][6]
North Cyprus' Higher Education Planning Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YÖDAK) The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
UK - National Academic Recognition Information Center (UK-NARIC)
The Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA)
2007 [7]


On 17-18 May 2019, The Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA) held its meeting in Northern Cyprus; 26 quality assurance institutions from 20 countries participated the meeting.[16]


  1. ^ "List of Schools, Ministry of National Education and Culture". mebnet.net. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ Kibris Postasi 24 October 2014 Archived 25 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine 70,000 students enrolled to the universities
  3. ^ NY Times Students Flock to Universities in Northern Cyprus, 16.02.2014
  4. ^ ECBA Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine North Cyprus member page
  5. ^ EERA Official Website Archived 2017-10-30 at the Wayback Machine EERA Members
  6. ^ Hellenic Resources Network Educational Sciences Association joined the European Educational Research Association representing Cyprus
  7. ^ "Affiliates". Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  8. ^ INQAAHE Official Website North Cyprus is a member of INQAAHE
  9. ^ CEENQA-Northern Cyprus page
  10. ^ [1] ACPE
  11. ^ "ELFA - Member Schools". www.elfa-afde.com. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ Kibrispostasi The English Preparatory School of EUL was accredited by PA
  13. ^ "EUA Members Directory". www.eua.be. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Girne American University | Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi". www.gau.edu.tr. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  15. ^ ECBE Members
  16. ^ CEENQA meeting was held in Northern Cyprus

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